Category Archives: life and expression

An August Trilogy..

When i was in my late forties, contemplating about reaching the retirement age became one of  the remedies to rid of the pressure of making ends meet.

I suppose by 55, most of my children would  have grown up, started  their own family and i would by then retired and switching the job to the task of sending and picking up the youngest child to and from her school.

Then we would spend the rest of our life together counting the stars, travel to places, walks through the woods and lived happily ever after .. just like the fairy tales ..haha. So, what i needed to do back then was just be calm and be patient.

Back to the present day, today, i am almost 60, still wakes up in the morning to report to work. I guess not all dreams will come true and practical.. ya.

Nevertheless we did what we had dreamt of like gazing the sky to count the stars.. travel to places no matter how short the distance be and walks thru the woods..

 

Counting the Stars..

Couple of weeks ago, after reading the news from the National Space Agency that  the Perseids meteor shower will be visible over the night sky in the country and the peak time to watch this celestial display was about 1.30 am that  Sunday.

Stargazers could  see the fireballs from the brightest bits of Perseid entering the Earth’s atmosphere with the naked eye and among the best spot to witness it is at Pantai Remis, KualaSelangor.

So armed with a DSLR i drove to Pantai Remis at midnight  with the daughters coaxed  by buying each a  pack of KFCs.

 When we reached Pantai Remis it was already crowded with fellow stargazers. The moon shone brightly. The sky above the sea was cloudless.
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But it was an anticlimax. By the time it reached 1.30 am the dark clouds begin covering the sky. We waited for a while but the meteor shower did not appear.
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My star count is 1  ..huhu.
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Merdeka Day..
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On Merdeka Day we took the commuter train to the capital city to witness and was hoping to captures some moments  of the National Day Parade which we have been watching it on TV at the comfort of our home all these years.
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I thought we started quite early in the morning but when we arrived at the Masjid Jamek MRT station , the Jalan Tun Perak was already crowded.
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We twisted and turned our way  hoping to get a peek at the parade but still failed to even get a glimpse of the parade.
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That night i watched the National Day Parade on YouTube.
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Walking through the woods..

I drove to the neighboring village of Sijangkang just a few kilometres away when an old blogger friend tweeted me ..bro long time no see.. with a hashtag #DiscoverSijangkang and i wanted to find out what #DiscoveringSijangkang was  all about.

As  i passed the palm oil plantation, i noticed  there was a muddy stream and the waters was almost similar to the color of our teh tarik.  The village boys are enjoying the pool and the school holidays.

 

Further,  a kilometer up  i reached the Taman Rekreasi Paya Bakau Kg. Sijangkang confirming that i have not explored the area even though it was well  within my backyard.

If you wish to experience the Mangrove Swamp Forest,  you may want to try this 700 meters ..walks through the woods.

 

 

Welcome .. brings along your family and friends and you will not be disappointed..

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The House..

 


This is the house where i was born… well, that was almost 60 years ago

Taking into consideration that my late father was 27 years old when i was born and the house was built by my grandfather, this house could well be more than a hundred years old!

I wished i had the picture of the house looking from the side elevations as well.

The windows was originally a 3-leafed swing, hinged type and stretched down until the floor. One could see a full view of a person standing by the window. It was later changed to the naco glass louvres type at the time when it needed a change and was very much influenced by the need of convenience and so i guess.

The rear portion of the house which is the kitchen and dining is located on the ground level. Getting down to the kitchen was a foot-wide wooden plank steps also served as a sitting bench for most of the times.

The original roofing was made from attap leaves and i would remember the bats too were making it as their home. Once in a while in the morning we would notice them clinging along the edges.

Me and my siblings spends a great deal of time together with our cousins during the schools term holidays. We would walked to the shore and wade the muddy beach of the Selangor coastline digging it up for the sea shells and clams. We would then came back with a heavily tanned skin and of course we would not get away scott free from the nagging aunties.

It was in this house that we knew the other members of our father’s family and their individual characters while growing up. When the school term break came to an end we would then went back to our own home where we would go back to school. And we would  then be looking forward to the next term breaks.

Time flies like sands in my hand. Back to the present day, my late father’s portion to the small plot of the land surrounding the house was sold to one of my aunties at the time he was facing a difficult time. He was the last among his siblings to passed away. Recently one of our auntie’s children who are my cousin which we spent many times and fond memories together decided to sell the land to a non relative.

And like a movie,  everything that has a beginning will come to an end. The house has been demolished and a new house is being erected by the new owner of the land. All i have now is the picture above to recall the memories i once passed through this  nostalgic period of time in my humble journey in  life .

 


teluk senangin..

 

The scenery above was captured at the fishing village of  Kampung Batu 3, Segari in the district of Lumut, Perak.

We made a detour and stop over that evening to get some fresh supply of sea foods we hope to grilled while spending the night in Teluk Senangin by the beach.

We managed to buy and make do with some L size prawns at RM48/kg. while the boat for the fishes and squids was yet to arrive according to the fishmonger. Maybe some other time, we just did not want to wait. Beside the prawns, we also had chickens on the ember that night.

 

This probally the typical scenario in the morning at the beach where a veteran fisherman, i chatted with, and his big family lives. The catch was not that good today, he said.

The boats arrived at the beach  in the morning with the catch in a few bundle of nets. His son who has taken his role casting the crabs will then disentangle the crabs and some fishes that are trapped with it.

He don’t have to reach to customers, because they are always standing there waiting for him to finish the job. The catch you see in this picture was ours. We manage to booked it first before the others. Rm25/kg.

We drove home from Teluk Senangin  to traffic crawl last Monday just before the Sultan Yusuff Bridge which crosses the Sungai Perak in Teluk Intan. The price you normally pay for travelling during a festival holidays in Malaysia.

If the end of the previous weeks supposed to be a weekend getaway then we have gotten away practically every week! I am staying put and be lazy this weekend, schools is about to reopen.


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